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Kinesiology and Health Sciences program earns international recognition for emphasis on healthy campus community

The College of New Jersey is one of only 145 universities and colleges around the world to be honored by the Exercise is Medicine program for creating a culture of wellness on its campus.

The college earned a silver-level designation for engaging students, faculty, and staff in education initiatives and exercise as part of the daily campus culture.

“The goal of the EIM program in general is to engage in activities that would benefit people’s health including lowering body weight, body fat, blood pressure, and blood variables like cholesterol,” said Jill Bush, a kinesiology and health sciences professor and director of the EIM program at TCNJ. “We aim to engage young people in a lifelong journey to be physically active.”

Exercise is Medicine is a community-impact initiative of the American College of Sports Medicine that calls upon universities and colleges to promote physical activity as a vital sign of health and encourages faculty, staff, and students to work together to improve the health and well-being of the campus community.  

Among other initiatives, Bush works with her students on educating athletes participating in the New Jersey Special Olympics about the importance of nutrition, hydration, and exercise and launched the KHS Semester Challenge, where students visit her research lab where for a battery of clinical measures like body fat analysis, muscle strength, flexibility, resting heart rate and blood pressure, and body weight.

“The KHS Challenge is very personal to me as it arose following my last yearly physical where my doctor was not particularly happy with my blood variables like cholesterol and blood pressure,” Bush said. “I told the KHS students my personal story and the journey that I wanted to take this semester and asked if they wanted to join me. At first, I thought maybe 20 students would join but we have 104 students enrolled in the challenge.”

KHS students are also engaged in activities like the annual campus Wellness Expo and organizing activities at the campus outdoor Fitness Court.  

EIM will officially recognize the college with the silver status honor on May 29 at the EIM recognition ceremony during ACSM’s Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

— Luke Sacks

Natasha Agrawal receives Fulbright U.S. Distinguished Teaching Award to Nepal

Natasha Agrawal MEd ’10 was selected for the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Short Term Program. This summer, she will travel to Nepal and spend six weeks training teachers in the small town of Dhangadhi. Agrawal teaches English as a Second Language at Robbins Elementary School in Trenton and is also an instructor in TCNJ’s Department… Continue Reading

Department of State names TCNJ a top producer of Fulbrights

The U.S. Department of State has recognized The College of New Jersey as one of only three “Top Fulbright-Producing Institutions” in New Jersey — alongside Princeton and Rutgers–New Brunswick — for the 2023–24 academic year. Only 170 institutions of higher learning in the United States received this distinction. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s… Continue Reading

TCNJ nursing students achieve perfect pass rate on NCLEX exam

Nursing students at The College of New Jersey continue to pass the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s NCLEX exam at a rate that far surpasses most institutions. In fact, the most recent cohort of 44 students, which includes those who have taken the exam as of October 1, achieved a perfect pass rate… Continue Reading

TCNJ earns HEED Award for DEI efforts

The College of New Jersey has been awarded a 2023 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The award is presented annually to institutions that advance the core values of DEI as evidenced through mentoring, teaching, research, hiring and promotion, recruitment,… Continue Reading

TCNJ students, alum named finalists for 2023–24 Fulbright U.S. Student Award

Maeve Franklin ’23, Serina Montero ’23, and Jennifer Choi ’18, MAT ’19 were recently named Fulbright Finalists for the 2023–24 academic year. They will participate in the English Teaching Assistant Program, which places teachers in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.… Continue Reading

TCNJ English department makes an impressive showing at national honor society convention

The College of New Jersey’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society is fresh off a trip to the society’s annual convention, this year held in Denver, Colorado. Thirty-five TCNJ students and two alumni were among 650 total student presenters, sharing their papers and critical work and participating in roundtable discussions. Additionally, the… Continue Reading

TCNJ’s John Donohue named CASE Professional of the Year

John Donohue, vice president of college advancement at The College of New Jersey, executive director of the TCNJ Foundation, and president of the Trenton State College Corporation, has been named Professional of the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Donohue, who serves as a member of President Kathryn A. Foster’s Cabinet,… Continue Reading


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